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How to Install Zint on Ubuntu

How to install Zint (command line) on Ubuntu.

I was hoping this would work with a GUI but for the life of me I could not figure it out nor find the repository. It used to work, obviously, by a simple sudo apt install but I’m gettin the ‘can’t find repository’ message. I think it might only work for 20.04 or something. So, At least I figured out how to get the command line version working for now for the records. Hope this helps.

Download Zint

Download the latest Zint version as a .tar.gz file from here (there might be a better github location as a disclaimer?)

Install dependencies for Zint

  1. Install g++ if not installed: sudo apt install g++
  2. Install cmake package: sudo apt install cmake
  3. Install QT: sudo apt install qtbase5-dev
  4. Install QT tools: sudo apt install qttools5-dev

If you want, you can also do this all with one command:

sudo apt install g++ cmake qtbase5-dev qttools5-dev

Install Zint

Now that you have all the packages installed let’s install Zint

  1. Navigate to downloaded Zint tar file with cd command
  2. Extract the file with a command line tool or right click ‘extract here’
  3. Move into the directory with the cd command adjusting this command to the version number you downloaded: cd zint-2.4.2
  4. Navigate into the ‘build’ directory cd build
  5. Cmake it: sudo cmake ..
  6. Make it: sudo make
  7. Make install it: sudo make install

Run it

See all the options and run it in the terminal: zint

Using it

This link to the manual should keep you busy for a while 🙂

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3 thoughts on “How to Install Zint on Ubuntu

    1. Hmm. strange. I’m not that smart but I ‘think’ you didn’t install all the dependencies correctly from the “Install dependencies for Zint” above the cmake stuff? Try those again? Also, I’m on ubuntu 18.04 now so I wonder if that will change anything? You definitely seemed close though.. 🙁

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